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Poster: dark.starz Date: Nov 30, 2011 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

Shows were mostly "all good" in the 70's as long as you were tuned, had a comfortable seat/location and were open to the possibilities with a positive state of mind.

The uninspired or flat out bumpy flight performances didn't appear until the early 80's and there were several factors that influenced your experience on any given afternoon or evening.

The drug culture of the 80's changed the dynamic at shows. From the stage into the audience shows became more of an event than a concert; meaning that you could have a great time regardless of the performance as long as you tuned properly, except for when the powder turned to crackbase @ 1984 - 1986 and that was flat out a sick period.

Enter 1987 and the dynamic evolved back to the performance and frankly after Jerrys fall we all became show critics attempting to guess the next tune before the tunings gave it away.

I've stated this before, first sets were mostly rehersals for the Dead, the second set was the true offering of the evening and some nights things clicked and other times not.

None of us are perfect except for the universe.